Choice of Weapons

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  • Choice of Weapons
  • Gordon Parks
  • English
  • 14 June 2017
  • 0873512022

About the Author: Gordon Parks

Choice of Weapons eBook Õ Choice of Kindle - choice free, weapons download, Choice of epub, Choice of WeaponsChoice of Weapons PDF/EPUBGordon Parks was a groundbreaking American photographer, musician, poet, novelist, journalist, activist and film director He is best remembered for his photo essays for Life Magazine and as the director of the film, ShaftParks is remembered for his activism, filmmaking, photography, and writings He was the first African American to work at Life magazine, and the first Choice of Kindle - to write, direct, and score a Hollywood film He was profiled in the documentary Weapons of Gordon Parks by American filmmaker Warren Forma Parks was also a campaigner for civil rights subject of film and print profiles, notably Half Past Autumn in and had a gallery exhibit of his photo related, abstract oil paintings in He was also a co founder of Essence magazine, and one of the early contributors to the blaxploitation genreParks also performed as a jazz pianist His first job was as a piano player in a brothel His song No Love, composed in another brothel, was performed over a national radio broadcast by Larry Funk and his orchestra in the early s He composed Concerto for Piano and Orchestra at the encouragement of black American conductor Dean Dixon and his wife, pianist Vivian and with the help of composer Henry Brant In , he composed and choreographed Martin, a ballet dedicated to civil rights leader Martin Luther King, JrBeginning in the s, Parks branched out into literature, writing The Learning Tree , several books of poetry illustrated with his own photographs, and three volumes of memoirsIn , Parks turned to fiction with Shannon, a novel about Irish immigrants fighting their way up the social ladder in turbulent early th century New York Parks writing accomplishments include novels, poetry, autobiography, and non fiction including photographic instructional manuals and filmmaking books Parks also wrote a poem called The FuneralParks received over honorary doctorates in his lifetime He died of cancer at the age of .


Choice of WeaponsChoice of Weapons eBook Õ Choice of Kindle - choice free, weapons download, Choice of epub, Choice of WeaponsChoice of Weapons PDF/EPUBThe noted author photographer recounts his life and the bitter struggle he has faced, since he was sixteen years old, against poverty and racial prejudice.

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  1. Mmars says:

    4.5 rounded up to 5A review of a Gordon Parks photographic exhibit was accompanied by a photo called Drugstore Cowboys, Turner Valley, Canada Taken in 1945, I marveled at it That a black man was allowed to take this photo, has to this day baffled me Whatever the circumstances, his autobiography ends several years before this photo was taken But I was captivated The photo held me for for about five minutes and has never left the foggy edges of my brain When I learned that this book was s 4.5 rounded up to 5A review of a Gordon Parks photographic exhibit was accompanied by a photo called Drugstore Cowboys, Turner Valley, Canada Taken in 1945, I marveled at it That a black man was allowed to take this photo, has to this day baffled me Whatever the circumstances, his autobiography ends several years before this photo was taken But I was captivated The photo held me for for about five minutes and has never left the foggy edges of my brain When I learned that this book was selected as a Minneapolis One Book One Read selection, I had to read it And it did not let me down I started this on the evening of the first acculative snow here in the Minneapolis area The next morning, there was palpable tension in the air as I commuted by light rail to downtown I was cross, people were grumpy, a couple in a yelling match graced the Nicollet mall How little things have changed, I thought Then I realized that this was the pulse of an urban area soon to be under the siege of winter s brutal realities And for those who largely live their lives on the streets, or from paycheck to paycheck, or in drafty houses there s already been a month of mostly below normal temperatures and it was only the first week of November and the snow from the night before wasn t melting quickly despite the sunshine Winter is rarely kind to the poor and it was not kind to Gordon Parks When he was 16 his mother died, and he was sent from Missouri to live with his sister in St Paul After a dispute with his brother in law he finds himself homeless and on the streets Winter is just settling in and thus begins the journey of a lifetime lived in awareness of poverty For all of his young adult years, he experiences poverty and all its violence, and winter is always the hardest on him, but ultimately he fights it all with his weapon of choice a camera This is a mavelous chronicle of the black experience in American from the 1920s through America s early years of World War II Parks lived not only in Mineapolis St Paul but in Chicago s Southside, Harlem and Washington, D C where Jim Crow laws still existed However the most discriminatory experience he encounters is in Daytona Beach, in which a professor assigned to escort him is humiliated by gas station attendants and local sheriffs The last episode Parks shares is his decision to chronicle the black pilots of World War II As they deploy for Europe, he is denied the opportunity to join them So a book that started me thinking little had changed, ended with the realization that there has been progress The poverty still exists, though racial segregation is no longer legal But there is still institutionalized injustice in this country Al Franken, Minnesota s current senator wrote an opinion piece on the Huff Post this week mentioning that in over 30 states people can still legally lose their jobs for being gay That s right People can be fired for for their sexual orientation And, John Boehner, republican Speaker of the House, may not allow legislation stopping this practice to come up for a vote in the House of Representatives Arghh.Boehner s capitalized title of respect is currently not deserved And, that anger I have just expressed is typical of the anger Parks constatntly dealt with in his lifetime and he lived to be 94 Read the book and you ll see how amazing it is that he not only survived, but achieved artistic greatness

  2. Stacy-Ann says:

    This was a great read Gorden Parks is a photographer in which he was the first black photographer to work for life magazine, he is a writer,composer, artist and filmmaker He become homeless at the age of 16 after his mothers death and so he began to fight to survive the brutal Minnesota winter, to educate himself He know and many other famous writers and musician that he hag out with like Richard Wright There was a few quotes in there that I love and that is Think in terms of images and wor This was a great read Gorden Parks is a photographer in which he was the first black photographer to work for life magazine, he is a writer,composer, artist and filmmaker He become homeless at the age of 16 after his mothers death and so he began to fight to survive the brutal Minnesota winter, to educate himself He know and many other famous writers and musician that he hag out with like Richard Wright There was a few quotes in there that I love and that is Think in terms of images and words They can be mighty powerful when they are fitted together properly.Enthusiasm is the electricity of life How do you get it You act enthusiastic until you make it a habit Enthusiasm is natural it is being alive, taking the initiative, seeing the importance of what you do, giving it dignity and making what you do important to yourself and to others.I suffered first as a child from discrimination, poverty So I think it was a natural follow from that that I should use my camera to speak for people who are unable to speak for themselves.This is a great book to read because you will learn so much from him

  3. Brian Page says:

    Can a story with a happy ending still ultimately be sad A CHOICE OF WEAPONS is Gordon Parks autobiography of his early life, taking him only through his employment with the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information OWI during World War II This part of Parks life is a gut wrenching tale of discrimination and bigotry That he survived this shows what a remarkable person he was And therein lies the sadness The tragedy is in realizing how much human potential was squande Can a story with a happy ending still ultimately be sad A CHOICE OF WEAPONS is Gordon Parks autobiography of his early life, taking him only through his employment with the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information OWI during World War II This part of Parks life is a gut wrenching tale of discrimination and bigotry That he survived this shows what a remarkable person he was And therein lies the sadness The tragedy is in realizing how much human potential was squandered by the hate and bigotry of this period in American history The moral strength and intelligence needed to rise above the times needed almost superhuman capability It s a credit to see this in Gordon Parks but a tragedy to know that for every Gordon Parks there were thousands upon thousands who were merely human

  4. Tishon says:

    This book is at once inspiring and deeply upsetting In the forward, Parks, years after this was published, addresses the question of whether or not he is still as angry as he was in the years described in the book His response sets the story off perfectly, because what follows is a story of determination in the face of vicious cruelty and injustice That Parks was able to find his way is a testament to his will and what he described as his mother s teaching He grew up in an America that provi This book is at once inspiring and deeply upsetting In the forward, Parks, years after this was published, addresses the question of whether or not he is still as angry as he was in the years described in the book His response sets the story off perfectly, because what follows is a story of determination in the face of vicious cruelty and injustice That Parks was able to find his way is a testament to his will and what he described as his mother s teaching He grew up in an America that provided him pathways out of poverty but those pathways were dotted with landmines He was able to navigate his way through it all and we are fortunate to have access to his story This book and his story is a reminder of the polarity of the human spirit

  5. Teshamae says:

    My entire book club enjoyed this book We almost never agree on the same book, so that tells you something about this story It is one that many different people can appreciate and learn from Especially since he is a man with Minnesota roots, his story is a valuable one for Minneapolis residents to read I am grateful this story was picked as the 2013 One Read selection, which brought it to my attention From the forward Activism implies that you tell one side to change people s minds, while t My entire book club enjoyed this book We almost never agree on the same book, so that tells you something about this story It is one that many different people can appreciate and learn from Especially since he is a man with Minnesota roots, his story is a valuable one for Minneapolis residents to read I am grateful this story was picked as the 2013 One Read selection, which brought it to my attention From the forward Activism implies that you tell one side to change people s minds, while the best art makes room for multiple interpretations Activism and propaganda are part of the same coin Activism tells you art shows you p8 Even on this first night, I had bad feeling for this man It was the kind of feeling I had for the whites whose indignities had pushed me to the edge of violence, whose injustices toward me had created one emotional crisis after another, all because my skin was black My mind shifted back to those mornings when I stood before the cracked mirror in our house and wondered why God had made me black, and I remembered the dream I once had of being white, with skin so flabby and loose that I attempted to pull it into shape, to make it fit, only to awaken and find myself clutching at my underwear But now I knew I was black and that I would always be black p45 But had I handled the situation the way my mother would have wanted me to No, she would have found some other way to defeat him and yet maintain her dignity and pride But this man s tongue had hurt worse than a fist, and I had reacted out of an impulse fed by despair My conscience told me that my actions were wrong, but my heart approved them Momma used to say that strength came through prayer I prayed these nights, but I was beginning to wonder about a God who would test me so severely I had some north to prove my worth, and I was discovering that there was a lotto it than just the desire for recognition or success The naivete of youth, the frustration of being black had me trapped, and achievement seemed almost impossible It was becominganddifficult to live with the indifference, the hate, and at the same time endure the poverty But even then I knew I couldn t go on feeling condemned because of my color I made up my mind, there in the cab of that truck, that I wouldn t allow my life to be conditioned by what others thought or did, or give in to anyone who would have me be subservient p 84 So at twenty I found myself an invalid There was no chance of graduating with my class I was already too far behind In fact, I knew that I would never go back to school For the next five months I sat in the dark of my room, rejecting time, light and reason I finally opened a book one rainy afternoon And gradually I began to read, think and hope again One thing was clear I couldn t escape my fate by trying to outrun it I would have to take my time from now on, and grow in the light of my own particular experience and accept the slowness of things that were meant to be slow p220 I came to Washington, excited and eager, on a clear cold day in January I had been singled out for an usual blessing I felt a notch above normal things, bursting with a new strength that would be unleashed upon this historic place The White House, the Capitol and all the great buildings wherein great men had helped shape the destinies of the world I would borrow from their tradition, feel their presence, touch their stone I would walk under trees and on paths where Presidents had once walked I was so uplifted that the plainness of the office I finally entered dumbfounded me p238 Under pressure, Stryker a strong, dedicated man had momentarily weakened, but he had rallied quickly And in the clarity of that moment I got a good look at myself Not once had I considered his problems I realized, for the first time, that my fears had been generously fed by my own insecurity, that there was farselfishness in my heart than I could comfortably live with I found that praise had come much easier to my ear than criticism and, having grabbed hold of the essence of my problems, I saw that I hadn t matured so much as I had just grown older It would take time to overcome these faults but at least I was aware of them The experience had rescued me from a punishment I was unwittingly inflicting upon myself

  6. Laura (booksnob) says:

    Have you heard of Gordon Parks Gordon Parks is the first African American to write and direct a Hollywood film The first African American hired by Life magazine as a professional photographer He paved the way and fought racism and poverty with a camera and created a lasting legacy with his photography.Gordon Parks was born in Kansas in 1912 He was poor but he didn t know it until his mother died and she arranged for him to go live with his sister in St Paul, Minnesota when he was 16 year ol Have you heard of Gordon Parks Gordon Parks is the first African American to write and direct a Hollywood film The first African American hired by Life magazine as a professional photographer He paved the way and fought racism and poverty with a camera and created a lasting legacy with his photography.Gordon Parks was born in Kansas in 1912 He was poor but he didn t know it until his mother died and she arranged for him to go live with his sister in St Paul, Minnesota when he was 16 year old He was thrown out of his sister s house by her husband at the end of the week, so he ends up homeless, hungry and cold, riding the streetcars all night for shelter and warmth.Gordon Parks falls in love and fights to get an education He is a Renaissance Man and he writes songs, composes, plays the piano, and travels with a orchestra He travels to Chicago, Harlem, New York, Washington D.C and many other places while the country is in the midst of a Depression Gordon is resourceful even when he has no idea where his next meal is coming from and he never gives up hope He walks away from danger when he can and fights back when he needs to And he buys a camera and teaches himself how to use it.A Choice of Weapons is the chronicle of Parks life from age 16 about 1928 through World War II in 1945 Parks is a good writer and storyteller He communicates to readers what is was like to grow up black and poor in America He shares his struggles with homelessness, unemployment and racism He talks about how he tried to live up to his mother s values and advice on putting hard work above anger and hate, and how hard it was when people were trying to hold you down The only thing I missed in A Choice of Weapons was photographs I wanted to see some of the pictures he is famous for and photos of family Instead I had to do a search to find them on the web.I have a personal connection to Gordon Parks My grandparents grew up in the same Frogtown neighborhood in St Paul that Gordon Parks lived in when he moved to Minnesota I, myself have also lived in the Frogtown neighborhood and walked the same streets, even got married at a church there As I read the book, I could t help wondering if my grandparents and Gordon Parks ever came across each other in a street car or walking down the street Who knows Anything is possible My grandparents, were born of immigrants, and lived in the same Frogtown neighborhood all of their lives and Gordon Parks, transplanted from Kansas, struggled and moved and made a name for himself Gordon Parks succeeded and prospered against all odds A very important and moving Autobiography

  7. Sarah says:

    Gordon Parks had a very interesting life composer, photographer, director, CCC worker, brothel piano player but his struggles as a black man in the early 20th century made the greatest impact on me The title alludes to the fact that he chose his talent, his intelligence, and his camera as weapons against poverty and used his anger to propel his artistic goals forward Although Parks lived in the Twin Cities as a young man, the local color was limited I m sure that The Lowry restaurant where Gordon Parks had a very interesting life composer, photographer, director, CCC worker, brothel piano player but his struggles as a black man in the early 20th century made the greatest impact on me The title alludes to the fact that he chose his talent, his intelligence, and his camera as weapons against poverty and used his anger to propel his artistic goals forward Although Parks lived in the Twin Cities as a young man, the local color was limited I m sure that The Lowry restaurant where he bussed tables was very close to where I live, but I don t know where Good choice by One Minneapolis One Read

  8. Prima Seadiva says:

    There are so many excellent in depth reviews of this book I m not sure what I can add On a trip to California I finished the book I took with me Four Fish so wandered into a used bookstore while my friends were at work and picked this up off the sale shelf.I was familiar with Parksfor his film work so this was a wonderful addition to my view of him I recently saw Shaft again and the photography was muchmeaningful after seeing his still work.His determination to overcome prejudice There are so many excellent in depth reviews of this book I m not sure what I can add On a trip to California I finished the book I took with me Four Fish so wandered into a used bookstore while my friends were at work and picked this up off the sale shelf.I was familiar with Parksfor his film work so this was a wonderful addition to my view of him I recently saw Shaft again and the photography was muchmeaningful after seeing his still work.His determination to overcome prejudices to succeed in his art was inspiring This book is still relevant today as America and other countries continue to wrestle with racism, the effects and denial of it

  9. Scott says:

    a few books in life will change its direction This is one of them The struggles and choices that formed who Gordon Parks was is touched on in this remarkable story of rising above the bigotry of the day and seeking the higher road and then soar.

  10. Tanya Hodge says:

    This book has been chosen as the 2013 One Minneapolis One Read book I will be teaching this book to my VOICES students as South High School as well I highly recommend this book.